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Laporte sheep line up for a spring shearing before lambing begins

Byron Johnson, of Bemidji, takes of a thick coat of wool from one of the ewes. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 2
A sheep grans a quick snack after undergoing the trimmers. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 2

Byron Johnson, of Bemidji, purchases the wool based on weight and ships it to Illinois, where it is cleaned and processed. By the end of the shearing this week, Johnson had 180 pounds of wool. The sheep are sheared a few weeks before the lambing process begins. "It keeps things cleaner," Frank said.

Last spring, the Vogeltanzes had a set of quadruplets, along with sets of triplets and twins. They're hoping for similar results in just a few more weeks.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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